Kayla Fleming/For the Times Lafayette Fire Chief Troy Brawner spoke to the Lafayette City Council about a resolution regarding outdoor burning at its April 2 meeting.

Kayla Fleming/For the Times

Lafayette Fire Chief Troy Brawner spoke to the Lafayette City Council about a resolution regarding outdoor burning at its April 2 meeting.

The Lafayette City Council voted on April 2 to approve a new resolution which would prohibit the burning of large piles of yard debris, such as leaves or brush.

Lafayette Fire Department Chief Troy Brawner told the council that the resolution "still allows small grass clippings and little piles of leaves and sticks and stuff, but it allows them to be burned in a 10-square-foot pit or 55-gallon drum, something like that."

Brawner told the council that the small burns were not an issue, but that they had received many calls about large fires that agitate people's health issues or potentially damage city roads.

Those who need to burn something still must obtain a burn permit. Brawner also told the council that the resolution would still allow for very large brush piles, but the fire department must inspect those piles prior to the burn.

"If it's very large, we will oversee it," Brawner said.

There is no fee outside of the city for the fire department to oversee a large burn. The resolution passed unanimously, with two councilmembers absent.

City Mayor Richard Driver told those present that the city had been looking into purchasing a leaf vacuum in the near future to assist citizens in the disposal of leaves.

The city council also discussed the renovations being made to the city pool. Driver told the council that bids for the work will open on April 11 and that the contractor will have 30 working days to complete the job.

"The question is going to be whether or not we can get it done this year or not," Driver said. Council member Steve Turner suggested patience.

"We should not rush it," Turner said. "Let them get it done whether we get to open this year or not. We shouldn't rush it."

All updates to the pool had to be approved by the State of Tennessee, which is part of the delay, according to Driver.

"I really don't think we're going to get the pool open this year," Driver said. "If we're going to fix it, we need to do it right."

In addition to fixing the liner of the pool, the city will also be installing a new diving board and a slide, according to Driver.

The council also voted to approve to rezoning ordinance on their second and final reading. One property on Church Street and another located at the corner of Church Street and Ellington Drive were rezoned from R-1 Low Density to C-2 General Business.

Driver also announced that spring cleanup week for the city of Lafayette is this week, April 8-12.